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Product Development Engineer

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


The Wafer Inspection Division (WIN) is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical inspection tools for inline monitoring of process defects in advanced semiconductor factories.


The engineering design team for a wafer inspection manufacturer is looking for a self-motivated, creative, and result-oriented product development engineer. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in electromagnetic theory, Fourier optics, optical scattering theory, image processing, statistical analysis, and optical system calibration design.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in mathematical and numerical analysis and should be very comfortable with partial differential equations and integral equation formulation. The product development engineer should also have a solid understanding of laser systems and various optical detectors.

This position requires interaction with many disciplines as the product development engineer plays the central role in the product development throughout different phases. Strong communication skills both oral and written are required for this job.  We are looking for candidates who have intellectual curiosity, are natural problem solvers, possess a desire to grow and can demonstrate leadership skills.

Working with various members of the wafer inspection design team, the product development engineer will develop and evaluate inspection systems for the current and next generation wafer inspection products. The primary objectives of the individual are to use electromagnetic simulations, Fourier optics, system calibration algorithm development, system model construction, and numerical analysis code to guide the development and quantify the performance of key components utilized in KLA-Tencor's flagship wafer inspection tools. He/she is expected to use experimental results to validate the simulation/analysis predictions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Optics, or related fields with two years of work or research experience.

  • Rigorous and in-depth understanding of electromagnetic theory, optical scattering theory, Fourier and statistical optics. The candidate would need expertise in these areas to understand and describe the underlying physics that affect the scattering behavior of various sub-wavelength structures.

  • The candidate should have strong background in the numerical solution of partial differential and integral equations. The candidate should display in-depth understanding of numerical electromagnetics (FDTD, FEM analysis).

  • The candidate should have expertise in using numerical methods and analysis to simulate various aspects of an optical system. Based on these simulations, the candidate should be able to suggest hardware changes which can lead to the desired characteristics.

  • The candidate should have a strong background in probability theory and statistical data analysis. The candidate should display expertise in the statistical analysis of large datasets to correlate physical phenomena and measured experimental data.

  • The candidate should have a strong background in image and signal processing algorithms. The candidate should have a strong grasp of various detection techniques, image filtering, image restoration, image reconstruction, eigen decomposition and iterative parameter estimation algorithms.

  • Experience characterizing various noise sources contain in images. The candidate should be able to use his expertise in statistical optics, electromagnetics, Fourier analysis, signal and image processing to understand various noise sources in images.

  • The candidate should be an expert in Matlab, Python and/or Mathematica.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 2 years of experience OR
  • Master's Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience OR
  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 years of experience

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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